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Dizziness & Vertigo

Physical Therapy Services

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Physical Therapy for Dizziness & Vertigo

We’ve all had the sensation of being dizzy, also known as “the spins” – as if you can’t focus, can’t see straight, can’t stand upright without swaying or falling. You may even experience “tunnel vision,” where your peripheral vision goes dark for a few seconds.

Many of us recognize this sensation to be the same one we feel when we stand up too fast. It can certainly be very disorienting, however, it typically passes in a second or two. However, does your dizziness and vertigo do more than just disorient you for a few seconds after standing up? Is it impacting your daily life?

Dizziness is common and can have many causes. Vertigo, however, is a little different. While dizziness is typically synonymous with “lightheadedness,” which creates the illusion of being unsteady, vertigo is typically a response to a physiological factor that is causing a literal imbalance in your body. Those experiencing vertigo reported feeling as if they’re rocking or spinning even when they are sitting still.

Common causes of vertigo:

Vertigo is most commonly caused by an imbalance in the inner ear, also known as the vestibular system. Your vestibular system helps you maintain your balance and center of gravity by sending messages to your brain regarding your movement. When this is impaired, the necessary messages become blocked from your brain, and your movement becomes affected.

Those who experience vertigo may feel as if the world is spinning around them, they can’t focus their vision for prolonged periods of time, or they can’t stand/move properly without feeling like they are going to topple over. This can be very scary and frustrating to deal with, as it interferes with a person’s routine and lifestyle.

Common causes of dizziness:

A few of the many factors that can lead to dizziness include lack of sleep, poor nutrition, overexertion, or a physical ailment, such as a head cold or the flu. Dizziness can also occur from something as simple as standing up too quickly after an extended period of rest. Some accompanying symptoms to dizziness may include loss of balance, feeling woozy or faint, momentarily impaired vision, or lightheadedness.

You may also look out for these other specific symptoms as well in regards to vertigo:

  • Sweating
  • Abnormal eye movements
  • Arm or leg weakness
  • Difficulty seeing
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Inability to focus or remain alert
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Double vision
Can physical therapy help with dizziness or vertigo?

Both dizziness and vertigo can hinder your daily life, limiting your ability to perform even the simplest of tasks. Thankfully, no matter what the cause of your imbalance may be, physical therapy for dizziness and vertigo can help. Austin Physical Therapy has been very successful at diagnosing and treating both dizziness and vertigo with vestibular rehabilitation, which includes multiple types of treatments.

Are you ready to get back on your feet and regain your balance and confidence?

At Austin Physical Therapy Center, our advanced methods and diagnostic tools have helped hundreds of patients successfully address their dizziness and vertigo. If you are experiencing either of these conditions, request an appointment today. We are here and ready to help!

Questions? Need to schedule an appointment? Call (315) 539-4683 today!